Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sunday Night Music:

Guitar connoisseur Billy Beck inspires this post where he leaves a comment discussing his past work with the late Stevie Ray Vaughn. Most of us have never been so lucky. Vaughn was a blues guitar virtuoso. He wasn't one of those shredders who played scale like licks and patterns until he was faster than anyone else, but his playing could be just as challenging and virtuostic. Many of the electric guitar virtuosos play relatively thin gauge strings, much easier on your tendons than acoustic guitar strings; many of them can't razzle or dazzle playing acoustic. Some fusion guitarists like John McLaughlin, Al Dimeola and Steve Morse have outstanding acoustic chops as well. Vaughn apparently played with really heavy gauge electric strings (for the tone), very muscular. His physical power over the instrument shows in this 12 string acoustic version of Pride and Joy.

And be sure to check out this one as well.

1 comment:

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

Buddy Miller, bro, who plays with his wife, Julie, and who was a member of Emmylou Harris's Spyboy ensemble - he, in my opinion, is preeminent guitarist out there. NOBODY sounds like him. Nobody!